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CONSTITUTION
OF THE
MUSCOGEE (CREEK) NATION

Under the guidance of the Almighty God, our Creator, We the People of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, to promote Unity, to establish Justice, and secure to ourselves and our children the blessings of Freedom, to preserve our basic Rights and Heritage, to strengthen and preserve self and local Govenment in continued relations with the United States of America, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.


ARTICLE I

Section 1. The name of this Tribe of Muscogee (Creek) people shall be "The Muscogee (Creek) Nation", and is hereby organized under Section 3 of the Act of June 26, 1936 (48 Stat. 1967).

Section 2. The political jurisdiction of The Muscogee (Creek) Nation shall be as it geographically appeared in 1900 which is based upon those Treaties entered into by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and the United States of America; and such jurisdiction shall include, however not limited to, properties held in trust by the United States of America and to such other properties as held by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, such property, real and personal to be TAX-EXEMPT from Federal and State taxation, when not inconsistent with Federal law.

Section 3. The official seal of The Muscogee (Creek) Nation shall be the Seal as is illustrated:


Great Seal of the Muscogee Nation


ARTICLE II

Section 1. Each Muscogee (Creek) Indian by blood shall have the opportunity for citizenship in The Muscogee (Creek) Nation..

Section 2. This Constitution shall not abridge the rights and privileges of individual citizens of The Muscogee (Creek) Nation enjoyed as citizens of the State of Oklahoma and of the United States of America.

Section 3. This Constitution shall not abridge the rights and privileges of persons of Muscogee (Creek) blood for purposes of claims against the United States of America.

Section 4. This Constitution shall not affect the rights and privileges of individual citizens of The Muscogee (Creek) Nation in their trust relationship with the United States of America as members of a federally recognized tribe.

Section 5. This Constitution shall not in any way abolish the rights and privileges of persons of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation to organize tribal towns or recognize its Muscogee (Creek) traditions.


ARTICLE III



Section 1. The Principal Chief shall appoint, subject to majority approval of the Muscogee (Creek) National Council, a Citizenship Board comprised of five (5) citizens who shall be charged with the responsibility of the establishment and maintenance of a Citizenship Roll, showing degree of Muscogee (Creek) Indian blood based upon the final rolls prepared pursuant to the Act of April 26, 1906, (34 Stat. 137), and other evidence, as prescribed by ordinance.

Section 2. Persons eligible for citizenship in the Muscogee (Creek) Nation shall consist of Muscogee (Creek) Nation shall consist of Muscogee (Creek) Indians by blood whose names appear on the final rolls as provided by the Act of April 26, 1906 (34 Stat. 137), and persons who are lineal descendants of those Muscogee (Creek) Indians by blood whose names appear on the final rolls an provided by the act of April 26, 1906 (34 Stat. 137); (except that an enrolled member of another Indian tribe, nation, band, or pueblo shall not be eligible for citizenship in The Muscogee (Creek) Nation.)

.Section 3. (a) All persons eligible for citizenship shall register as an applicant for citizenship; and

(b) The Citizenship Board shall certify citizenship, and the declaration of citizenship may be affirmed at any time with the name of the individual being entered on the citizenship roll, and the persons being recognized as a citizen of The Muscogee (Creek) Nation, provided that:

(1) the person is a Muscogee (Creek) Indian by blood whose name appears on the final rolls as provided by the Act of April 26, 1906, (34 Stat. 137), or the person is a lineal descendant of a Muscogee (Creek) Indian by blood whose name appears on the final rolls as provided by the Act of April 26, 1906, (34 Stat. 137); and is not an enrolled member of another tribe, nation, or pueblo; and

2) has made application to the Citizenship Board to become a citizen of The Muscogee (Creek) Nation;

(a) Except those persons who are Muscogee (Creek) Indian by blood whose name appears on the final rolls as provided by the Act of April 26, 1906,

(34 Stat. 137), shall be automatically included as citizens of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

Section 4. Full citizenship in The Muscogee (Creek) Nation shall be those persons and their lineal descendants whose blood quantum is one-quarter (1/4) or more Muscogee (Creek) Indian, hereinafter referred to as those of full citizenship. All Muscogee (Creek) Indiana by blood who are less than one-quarter (1/4) Muscogee (Creek) Indian by blood shall be considered citizens and shall have all rights and entitlement as members of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation except the right to hold office.


ARTICLE IV



Section 1. The Principal Chief shall appoint, subject to majority approval of the Muscogee (Creek) National Council, and Election Board comprised of five (5) citizens who shall be charged with the responsibility of conducting, as prescribed by ordinance, all regular and special elections of The Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

Section 2. Every citizen of the Muscogee, (Creek) Nation, regardless of religion, creed, or sex, shall be eligible to vote in the tribal elections provided that (a) they are registered voters for elections; (b) they are at least eighteen (18) years of age at the date of election, with the registrant providing sufficient proof of age to the Election Board; and (c) they hold citizenship.

Section 3. All elections shall be by secret ballot.

Section 4. No candidate for office shall be considered elected unless the candidate receives a majority of the votes cast.(1)

Section 5. If there is any office in which a candidate does not receive the required majority of the votes, a run-off election shall be held between the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes in that particular election.

Section 6. Election dates for offices of The Muscogee (Creek) Nation shall be no more than four (4) years apart.

Section 7. All citizens shall be allowed to vote for the Principal Chief and any such national office that shall be created.

Section 8. Only those citizens having legal residence in a district shall be allowed to vote in an election for that district.

Section 9. All citizens having legal residences outside the herein defined jurisdiction of The Muscogee (Creek) Nation shall declare a home district within the Muscogee (Creek) Nation which shall be recognized as his legal residence for purposes of voting in tribal elections.


ARTICLE V



Section 1. a) The executive power shall be vested in and shall be known as The Office of Principal Chief of The Muscogee (Creek) Nation. The Principal Chief shall hold office during a term of four(4) years upon election by majority of the votes cast. The term of office shall begin the first Monday in the new calendar year (January).(2)

(b) No person, except a citizen holding full citizenship, having attained the age of thirty (30) and having been a legal resident within the political jurisdiction of the Muscogee(Creek) Nation for one, (1) year immediately prior to filing for office, shall be eligible for Offices of Principal Chief or Second Chief

(c) In the case of vacancy, whether by removal, death, or resignation of the office of Principal Chief, the line of succession shall be the Second Chief who shall be elected in the same manner as prescribed for the Principal Chief. In the event of a vacancy of the Office of Second Chief, that an election be-held within 60 days to fill the office of the Second Chief unless it happens within the last six months of the term in which case the term would remain vacant until the next election.

(d) The Principal Chief and the Second Chief shall, at stated times, receive for their services a fixed compensation, which shall neither be increased nor diminished during the period of which they shall have been elected.

(e) Before the Principal Chief enters on the execution of his office, he shall publicly take the following oath or affirmation:

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute The Office of Principal Chief of The Muscogee (Creek) Nation, and will, to the best of my .ability, uphold the Constitution of The Muscogee (Creek) Nation."

Section 2. (a) The Principal Chief shall create and organize the Executive Office of the Principal Chief; and

(b) With the advice and consent of The Muscogee (Creek) National Council appoint offices of the Executive Office. The National council may, by ordinance, vest the appointment of such inferior offices as they think proper in the Principal Chief alone or in the officers.

(c) The Principal Chief shall have the power to fill vacancies by granting commissions which shall expire at the beginning of the next National Council meeting.

Section 3. The Principal Chief shall prepare the annual budget requests and supplements thereto and with the advice and consent of the National Council administer funds within the control of The Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

Section 4. The Principal Chief shall from time to time however not less than once a year give to The Muscogee (Creek) National Council information of the state of The Muscogee (Creek) Nation and recommend for their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient. He may on extraordinary occasions convene The Muscogee (Creek) National Council.


ARTICLE VI



Section 1. The Muscogee (Creek) Nation, as it geographically appeared in 1900, shall be divided into eight (8) districts corresponding namely with the Counties of Creek, Hughes/Seminole, McIntosh, Muskogee, Okfuskee/Seminole, Okmulgee, Tulsa, and Wagoner/Rogers/Mayes, in whole or portion thereof.

Section 2. All legislative power herein shall be vested in The Muscogee (Creek) National council, which shall consist , of one (1) House with one (1) representative from each district, and one (1) additional representative for each 1,000 district citizens.

(a) Each representative shall be elected by a vote of the district and, shall hold office for two (2) years.

(b) Each representative shall be a legal resident of his district.(3)

(c) No person shall be a representative who has not attained the age of eighteen (18) and hold full citizenship.

(d) The Muscogee (Creek) National Council shall elect from their number a Speaker, who shall preside over the Muscogee (Creek) National Council but shall have no vote unless the National council be equally divided, and they shall choose a Second Speaker, who shall preside in absence of the Speaker.

Section 3. The term of office shall begin at the first meeting of the National Council following the first day of January and the oath of office shall be taken at the first meeting.

Section 4. (a) A majority of the members of The Muscogee (Creek) National Council shall constitute a quorum to do business. A smaller number may adjourn or compel the attendance of absent members in a manner and under such penalties to be prescribed by ordinance.

(b) The Muscogee (Creek) National Council shall Judge of the returns and qualifications of its members, determine the rules of its proceedings, penalize its members for disorderly behavior and, with the concurrence of two-thirds (2/3) of the National Council, expel a member from a meeting.

Section 5. (a) The Muscogee (Creek) National Council member shall receive a compensation for his services, to be prescribed by ordinance and paid out of the Treasury of The Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

(b) The Muscogee (Creek) National Council, shall choose its own secretary whose compensation shall be provided by ordinance.

(c) No National Council member shall, during their term of office, be appointed to any civil office under the authority of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation or such office which shall have been created or the emoluments whereof shall have been increased during such time; and no person holding any elective, appointive, or any other office whether compensated or not under The Muscogee (Creek) Nation shall be a member of the National Council during their continuance in office.

Sectioh 6. (a) Evey bill which shall have passed the Muscogee (Creek) National Council, before it becomes ordinance, shall be presented to the Principal Chief of The Muscogee (Creek) Nation. If he approves, he shall sign it; but, if not, he shall return it with his objections to The Muscogee (Creek) National Council, who shall enter the objections at large on their journal and proceed to reconsider it if, after such reconsiderations, two-thirds (2/3) of the full membership of The Muscogee (Creek) National Council shall pass the bill, it shall become an ordinance in such cases, the votes shall be determinedby yeas and nays, and the names of the person voting for and against shall be entered on the journal of The Muscogee (Creek) National Council. If any bill shall not be returned by the Principal Chief within ten (10) days, Sundays and holidays excepted, after it shall have been presented to him the same shall be an ordinance as if he had signed it.



Every order, resolution, or other act intended to reflect the policy of The Muscogee (Creek) Nation shall be submitted in accordance with the rules and limitations prescribed in case of a bill.

Every ordinance, order, resolution, or other act intended to reflect the policy of The Muscogee (Creek) Nation shall be stamped with The Seal of The

Muscogee (Creek) Nation and be signed by the Principal Chief of The Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

Section 7. The National Council shall have the power (subject to any restrictions contained in the Constitution and laws of the United States of America) to legislate on matters subject to limitations imposed by this Constitution as follows:

(a) To promote the public health and safety, eduction and welfare that may contribute to the social, physical well-being and economic advancement of citizens of The Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

(b) To negotiate with Federal, State, and local government and others.

(c) To manage, lease, prevent the sale of, dispose or otherwise deal with tribal lands, communal resources or other interest belonging to The Muscogee (Creek) Nation or reserved for the benefit of such Nation.

(d) To authorize and make appropriations from available funds for tribal purposes. All expenditures of tribal funds shall be a matter of public record open to all the citizens of The Muscogee (Creek) Nation at all reasonable times.

(e) To enter contracts in behalf of The Nation ,with any legal activity that will further the well-being of the members of The Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

(f) To employ legal counsel.

(g) To borrow money on the Credit of The Muscogee (Creek) Nation and pledge or assign chattels of future tribal income as security therefore.

(h) To lay and collect taxes within the boundary of The Muscogee (Creek) Nation's jurisdiction from whatever source derived.

(i) To create authorities with attendant powers to achieve objectives allowed within the scope of this Constitution.

(j) To exercise any power not specifically set forth in this Article which may at some future date be exercised by The Muscogee (Creek) Nation.


ARTICLE VII



Section 1. The judicial power of The Muscogee (Creek) Nation shall be vested in one Supreme Court limited to matters of The Muscogee (Creek) Nation's jurisdiction and in such inferior courts as the National Council may from time to time ordain.

Section 2. The Supreme Court shall be composed of six (6) members appointed by the Principal Chief, subject to majority approval by the Muscogee (Creek) National Council, and whose term shall be for six (6) years beginning July 1.

Section 3. The Supreme Court shall, with the approval of the Muscogee (Creek) National Council establish procedures to insure that the appellant receives due process of law and prompt and speedy relief.

Section 4. The Supreme Court shall be presided over by a Supreme Court Justice chosen from their own number and shall be in regular, quarterly-scheduled session, coinciding with that of the fiscal year.

Section 5. The decision of the Supreme Court shall be in writing and shall be final.


ARTICLE VIII



Section 1. The National Council shall enact an ordinance outlining procedures and causes for removal. Such procedures shall contain, but not limit to, the certification of the required petition, as provided in Section 2 and 3 of this Article and show of cause for removal, giving the accused an impartial, hearing and allowance of time to answer to notice of such hearing.

Section 2. A signed petition showing cause of removal containing twenty (20) per cent of registered voters in a district shall be cause to consider removal of a council member.

Section 3. A signed petition showing cause of removal containing twenty (20) per cent of the registered voters of The Muscogee (Creek) Nation shall be cause to consider removal of the Principal Chief, Second Chief, and/or any member of the Supreme Court. A three-fourths (3/4) vote of The National Council shall be required for removal from office.


ARTICLE IX



Section l. (a) This Constitution shall be amended by:

(1) Passage of an amendment ordinance before The Muscogee (Creek) National Council, which shall require two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote and thereafter

(2) A two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of the eligible voters who vote in special election called for said purpose by the Principal Chief pursuant to the rules and regulations that The Muscogee (Creek) National Council shall prescribe.



(b) It shall be the duty of the Principal Chief to set such an election date at the request of a majority of The Muscogee (Creek) National Council within thirty (30) calendar days.

(c) Amendments ratified shall be submitted to the Secretary of the Interior or his agent for his approval and shall have full force and effect from the date of approval. The Secretary of the Interior or his agent shall give his approval or disapproval in writing within ninety (90) days, citing reason if disapproved. Failure to respond in the time limits set forth shall be construed as an act of approval.


ARTICLE X



Section 1. This Constitution, when ratified by:

(a) Those eligible to vote herein defined as:

(1) Those persons whose names appear on the final rolls of the Act of April 26, 1906 (34 Stat.137) or

(2) Those persons who are lineal descendants of a person whose name appears on the final rolls of April 26, 1906, (34 Stat. 137) and

(b) A majority of those eligible who are registered to vote who vote in this Constitution Ratification Election of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation provided at least 30 per cent of those registered voters shall vote shall become effective upon the date of ratification.

Section 2. For the purposes of the first election of officers and representatives under this Constitution:

(a) Those persons eligible to vote shall include all persons registered for the Constitution Ratification Election and those persons thereafter registered who are Muscogee (Creek) Indian by blood and 18 years of age or more on the date of the election.

(b) Each district shall elect one representative.


CERTIFICATE OF RESULTS OF ELECTION

Image of the Certificate with signatures and certification stamp.

The Acting Deputy Commissioner of Indian Affairs approved the foregoing Constitution of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation on August 17, 1979.

It was submitted for ratification to the qualified voters of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and was on October 6, 1979, duly ratified by a vote of 1,876 for, and 1,694 against, in an election in which at least thirty percent (30%) of the 9,125 qualified voters cast their ballots in accordance with Section 3 of the Act of June 26, 1936, 49 Stat. 1967.

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Chairman, Election Board

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Election Board Member

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Election Board Member

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Election Board Member

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Election Board Member

Date: October 9, 1979


AMENDMENTS


AN ORDINANCE OF THE MUSCOGEE (CREEK) NATION AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION OF THE MUSCOGEE(CREEK) NATION - TRIBAL QUESTION OF ARTICLE IV. SECTION 4.

Section 100. Be it Enacted by the Muscogee Nation In Council Assembled:

Section 101. Purpose:

The purpose of this act is to authorize a vote of the citizens to consider amending the Constitution of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

Section 102. Authority:

The Election Board is hereby authorized and directed to conduct a special election within ninety (90) days of the passage of this amendment ordinance to give the citizens an opportunity to consider amending the Constitution of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation as specified in Section 103 of this ordinance.

Section 103. Proposed Amendments:

The citizens of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation shall be allowed to vote on the following question:

Shall the Constitution of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation be amended to read:

DELETE: Article IV. Section 4.

No candidate for office shall be considered elected unless the candidate receives a majority of the votes cast, when a candidate is unopposed for office.

ADD: Article IV. Section 4.

No candidate for office shall be considered elected:

(a) Unless the candidate receives a majority of the votes cast, or

(b) When a candidate is unopposed for office he/she shall be automatically declared the winner.

ENACTED by the Muscogees (Creek) National Council an this 28th day of March, 1991.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Presiding Officer of the Muscogee (Creek)

National Council has hereto attached his signature.





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Kenneth L. Childers, Speaker

National Council

Muscogee Nation









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CERTIFICATION


1, the undersigned, certify that the foregoing is a true extract from the minutes of the Muscogee (Creek) National Council, comprised of twenty-nine members with 26 members attending this meeting on the 28th day of March, 1991, and that the above is in conformity with the provisions therein adopted by a vote of 22 in favor, 1 against, and --O- abstentions, and that said Ordinanco has not been rescinded or amended in any way and that the above is the signature of the Speaker of the Muscogee (Creek) National Council.





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Karen Mackey, Recording Secretary

National Council

Muscogee Nation









APPROVAL


I, the Principal Chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, hereby affix my signature this 6th day of May, 1991, to the ab9ove Ordinance, NCA 91-18, authorizing it to become an Ordinance under Article VI of the Constitution of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.





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Claude A. Cox, Principal Chief

Muscogee (Creek) Nation





AN ORDINANCE OF THE MUSCOGEE (CREEK) NATION AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION OF THE MUSCOGEE (CREEK) NATION TRIBAL QUESTION OF ARTICLE V. SECTION 1.(a)



Section 100. Be it Enactad by the Muscogee Nation in Council Asaembled:

Section 101. Purpose:

The purpose of this act is to authorize a vote of the citizens to consider amending the Constitution of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

Section 102. Authority:

The Election Board is hereby authorized and directed to conduct a special election within ninety (90) days of the passage of this amendment ordinance to give the citizens an opportunity to consider amending the Constitution of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation as specified in Section 103 of this ordinance.

Section 103. Proposed Amendment:

The citizens of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation shall be allowed to vote on the following question:

Shall the Constitution of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation be amended to read:

DELETE: Article V. Section l(a)

The executive power shall be vested in and shall be known as the Office of Principal Chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. The Principal Chief 'shall hold office during a term of four (4) years upon election by majority of the votes cast. The term of office shall begin the first Monday in the new calendar year (January).

ADD: Article V. Section 1(a)

The Executive power shall be vested in and shall be known as the Office of the Principal Chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. The Principal Chief shall hold office during a term of four (4) years upon election by majority of the votes cast. The term of office shall begin the first Monday in the new calendar year (January). No person shall serve office of Chief more than two (2) consecutive terms for which he/she is elected.

ENACTED by the Muscogee (Creek) National Council on the 28th day of March, 1991.



IN WITNESS THEREOF, the Presiding Officer of the Muscogee (Creek) National Council has hereto attached his signature.





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Kenneth L Childers, Speaker

National Council

Muscogee Nation





CERTIFICATION

1, the undersigned, certify that the foregoing is a true extract from the minutes of the Muscoges (Creek) National Council, comprised of twenty-nine members with 26 members attending this meeting on the 28th day of March, 1991, and that the above is in conformity with the provisions therein adopted by a vote of 22 in favor, 1 against, 0 abstentions, and that said Ordinance has not been rescinded or amended in any way and that the above is the signature of the Speaker of the Muscogee (Creek) National Council.







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Karen Mackey, Recording Secretary

National Council

Muscogee Nation





APPROVAL




I,the Principal Chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, hereby affix my signaturs this 6th day of May, 1991, tothe above Ordinance, NCA (91-19), Authorizingit to become an Ordinance under Article VI, Section VI of the Constitution of the Muscogee (Creek ) Nation.





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Claude A. Cox, Principal Chi ef

Muscogee (Creek) Nation

















AN ORDINANCE OF THE MUSCOGEE (CREEK) NATION AMENDING THE

CONSTITUTION OF THE MUSCOGEE (CREEK) NATION - TRIBAL QUESTION OF ARTICLE VI. SECTION 2 (b).

Section 100. Be it Enacted by the Muscogee--Nation in Council Assembled:

Section 101. Purpose:

The purpose of this act is to authorize a vote of the citizens to consider amending the Constitution

of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

Section 102. Authority:

The Election Board is hereby authorized and directed to conduct a special election within

ninety (90) days of the passage of this amendment ordinance to give the citizens an opportunity to

consider amending the Constitution of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation as specified in Section 103 of this ordinance.

Section 103. Proposed Amendment:

The citizens of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation shall be allowed to vote on the following question.

Shall the Constitution of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation be amended to read:

DELETE: Article VI. Section 2(b).

Each Representative shall be a legal resident of his District.

ADD: Article VI. Section 2(b).

Each Representative shall'be a legal resident of his District for a full calendar year.

ENACTED by the Muscogee (Creek) National Council the 28th day of March, 1991.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Presiding Officer of the Muscogee (Creek) National Council has hersto attached his signature.







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Kenneth L. Childers, Speaker

National Council

Muscogee Nation

CERTIFICATION


I, the undersigned, certify that the foregoing is a true extract from the minutes of the Muscogee (Creek) National Council, comprised of twenty-nine members with 26 members attending this meeting on the 28th day of March, 1991, and that the above is in conformity with the provisions therein adopted by a vote of 23 in favor, 0 against, 0 abstentions, and that said Ordinance has not been rescinded or amended in any way and that the above is the signature of the Speaker of the Muscogee (Creek) National Council.





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Karen Mackey, Recording Secretary

National Council

Muscogee Nation





APPROVAL


I, the Principal Chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, hereby affix my signature this 6th day of May, 1991 to the above Ordinance, NCA 91-22, authorizing it to become an Ordinance under Article VI, Section VI of the Constitution of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.





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Claude A. Cox, Principal Chief

Muscogee (Creek) Nation



NCA95-37


CORRECTED


Codification #. 12. Constitution

AN ORDINANCE OF THE MUSCOGEE (CREEK) NATION PROPOSING AMENDING ARTICLE VI.,

SECTION 2., OF THE MUSCOGEE (CREEK) NATION CONSTITUTION - REDUCING THE NUMBER OF.NATIONAL COUNCIL MEMBERS



Section 100. Be it enacted by the Muscogee Nation In Council assembled:



Section 101. FINDINGS: The National Council finds that:

A. The number of district representatives on the National Council Is mandated by ARTICLE VI. SECTION 2, of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Constitution which states:

ART1CLE VI., SECTION 2., All Legislative power herein shall be vested in the Muscogee (Creek) National Council, which shall consist of one (1) House with one (1) representative from each district and one (1) additional representative for each 1,000 citizens.

1. Each representative shall be elected by a vote of the district and shall hold office for two (2) years.

2. Each representative shall be a legal resident of his district for a full calendar year.

3. No person shall be a represemtatove who has not attained the age eighteen (18) and hold fufl citizenship.

4. TheMuscogee (Creek) National Council shall elect from their number a Speaker, who shall preside over the Muscogee (Creek) National Council but shall have no vote unless the National Council be equally divided, and they shall choose a Second Speaker, who shall preside in the absence of the Speaker.

B. The Muscogee (Creek) Nation has an enrollment of 37,857 Creek Citizens with the following breakdown by Districts

CREEK 3,032

OKMULGEE 6,070

MUSKOGEE 2,118

TULSA 6,838

MCINTOSH 4,083

TUKVPVTCE 3,091

OKFUSKEE 3,569

WAGONER 1,300

MAYES 44

ROGERS 209

OUTSIDE BOUNDARY 6,633

C. The current formula for representatives on the National Council. as mandated by ARTICLE VI., SECTION 2., has significantly increased the number of members on the National Council and, while the cost of operating the Legislative Branch has increased, the overall affectiveness and quality leadership, as expected and deserved by all Creek Citizens, has diminished.

D. Many of our Creek Constituents have voiced their concerns in reference to the current structure of the National Council and should be given the opportunity to vote on amending ARTICLE VI., SECTION 2., of the Muscogee (Creek) Constitution for the purpose of streamlining and creating a more responsive and cost-efficient Tribal Government.

Section 102. PURPOSE:

A. The purpose of this Act is to authorize a vote of the Creek Citizens to consider amending ARTIVLE VI., SECTION 2., of the Constitution of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation for the purpose of reducing the number of representatives on the National Council and to set a "Cap" on the number of representatives of the National Council.

B. That the procedure for amendments to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Constitution is mandated by said Constitution in ARTICLE IX., SECTION 1., which states:

ARTICLE XI., SECTION 1.

(a) This Constitution shall be amended by:

(1) Passage of an amendment ordinance before the Muscogee (Creek) National Council, which shall require two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote and thereafter.

(2) A two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of the eligible voters who vote in a Special Election called for said purpose by the Principal Chief pursuant to the rules and regulations that the Muscogee (creek) National Council shall prescribe.

(b) It shall be the duty of the Principal Chief to set such an election date at the request of a majority of the Muscogee (Creek) National Council within thirty (30) calendar days.

(c) Amendments ratified shall be submitted to the Secretary of the Interior or his agent for his approval and shall have full force and effect from the date of approval. The Secretary of the Interior or his agent shall give his approval or disapproval in writing within ninety (90) days, citing reason if disapproved. Failure to respond in the time limits set forth shall be construed as an act of approval.

Section 103. PROPOSED AMENDMENT:

A. The Citizens of the Muscogee (Creek) National shall be allowed to vote for the following questions:

(1.) Shall ARTIVLE VI., SECTION 2., of the Constitution of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation be amended to read:

DELETE:

ARTICLE VI., SECTION 2., 1ST PARAGRAPH

All legislative powers herein shall be vested in the Muscogee (Creek) National Council, which shall consist of one (1) House with one (1) Representative from each District, and one (1) additional Representative for each 1,000 citizens.

AMENDMENT:

ARTICLE VI., SECTION 2., 1ST PARAGRAPH

All legislative power herein shall be vested in the Muscogee (Creek) national Council, which shall consist of one (1) House with one (1) Representative from each district and one (1) additional representative for each 1,500 citizens. And further, that the number of National Council Representatives will be set at a maximum of twenty-six (26) members and additional seats may not be added without constitutional amendment.

Section 104. AUTHORITY:

The Principal Chief is hereby directed to authorize the Election Board to conduct a special election. The election to be held within ninety (90) days of the passage of this Act for consideration of this Constitutional amendment.

Section 105. This Constitutional amendment, if approved, shall be in effect for the October, 1995 elections.

ENACTED by the Muscogee (Creek) National Council on this 29th day of April, 1995.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Second Speaker of the Muscogee (Creek) National Council has hereto attached his signature.



_____________________________

Thomas Yahola, Second Speaker

Muscogee (Creek) National Council

CERTIFICATION


I, the undersigned, certify that the foregoing is a true extract from the minutes of the Muscogee (Creek) National Council comprised of thirty-six members with thirty-four members attending this meeting of the 29th day of April, 1995, and that the above is in conformity with the provisions therein adopted by a vote of 28 in favor, 5 against, 0 abstentions, and that said Ordinance has not been rescinded or amended in any way and the above is the signature of the Second Speaker of the National Council.





_____________________________

Becky L. Whitetree, Recording Secretary

National Council

Muscogee (Creek) Nation

APPROVAL


I, the Principal Chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, hereby affix my signature this 12th day of May, 1955, to the above Ordinance, NCA 95-37, authorizing it to become an ordinance under Article VI., Section VI., of the Constitution of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.





_____________________________

Bill S. Fife

Principal Chief

Muscogee (Creek) Nation



NCA 95-45


CORRECTED

Codification #12. Constitution

AN ORDINANCE OF THE MUSCOGEE (CREEK) NATION AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION OF THE MUSCOGEE (CREEK) NATION- AT ARTICLE VI SECTION 2(C)

Section 100. Be It Enected by the Muscogee Nation In Council Assembled:

Section 101. Findings: The National Council Finds That:

A. The Qualifications for a person eligible to run for the office of District Repesentative is mendated by ARTICLE VI SECTION 2(C) of the Constitution, of the Muscogee(Creek) Nation which states:

Artide VI Section 2(C)

No person be a representative who has not attained the age of eighteen (1 8) and hold full citizenshtp.

B. Our Creek constituents demand that their representatives be morally sound, of the highest integrity and above reproach and Article VI Section 2 (C) does not address these issues.

Section 102. Purpose:

A. The purpose of this bill is to authorize a vote of the Creek citizens to consider amending ARTICLE VI.. SECTION 2 (C) of the Constitution of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

B. The procedure for amendmentsto the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Constitution is mandated by said Constitution in ARTICLE IX, SECTION I which states:

ARTICLE IX, SECTION 1:

(a) This Constitution shall be amended by:

1) Passage of an amendment ordinance before the Muscogee (Creek) National Council, which shell require two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote and hereafter

2) A two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of the eligible voters who vote in a special election called for said purpose by the Principal Chief pursuant to the rules and regulations that the Muscogee (Creek) National Council shall prescribe.

(b) It shall be the duty of the Principal Chief to set such an election date at the request of a majority of the Muscogee (Creek) National Council within ninety (90) calendar days.



(c) Amendments ratified shall be submitted to the Secretary of the Interior or his agent for his approval and shall have full ofrce and effect from the date of approval. The Secretary or his agent shall give his approval or disapproval in writing within ninety (90) days, citing reason if disapproved. Failure to respons in the time limits set forth shall be construed as an act of approval.

Section 103. Proposed Amendment:

The citizens of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation shall be allowed to vote on the following Constitutional question:

1. Shall ARTICLE VT. SECTION 2(C) of the Constitution of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation be amended to read:

ARTICLE VI SECTION 2(C):

No person shall be a representative who has not attained the age of eighteen (18), hold full citizenship or has a felony conviction within the past ten (I 0) years as of date of filing for candidacy, in a court of competent jurisdiction.

Section 104. Authority:

The Principal Chief is hereby directed to authorize the Election Board to conduct a special election. The election to be held within ninety (90) days of the passage of this Act for consideration of this Constitutional amendment.

ENACTED by the Muscoges (Creek) National Councfl on this 29th day of April. 1995.

IN WITNESS WMEREOF, the Second Speaker of the Muscogee (Creek) National Council has hereto attached his signature.





_____________________________

Thomas Yahola, Second Speaker

Muscogee (Creek) National Council



CERTIFICATION


1, the undersigned, certify that the foregoing is a true extract from the minutes of the Muscogee (Creek) National Council comprised of thirty-six members with thirty-four members attending this meeting on the 29th day of ApriL 1995, and that the above is in conformity with the provisions therein adopted by a vote of 31 in favor, 2 against, 0 abstentions, and that said Ordinance has not been rescinded or amended in any way and the above is the signature of the Second Speaker of the National Council.





_____________________________

Becky L. Whitetree, Recording Secretary

National Council

Muscogee (Creek) Nation





APPROVAL


I, the Principal Chief of the Muscoges (Creek) Nation, hereby afnx my signature this12th day of May, 1995, tothe above Ordinance, NCA 95-45, authorizng it to become an ordinance under Article VI., Section VI., of the Constitution of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.





_____________________________

Bill S. Fife

Principal Chief

Musogee (Creek) Nation









NCA 95-72


Codification #12, Constitution

AN ORDINANCE OF THE MUSCOGEE NATION PROPOSING AMENDING THE MUSCOGEE CONSTITUTION AT ARTICLE Vll, SECTION 2 (SUPREME COURT JUSTICES)

Section 101. Findings: The National Council Finds That:

A. Article VII, Section 2 establishes guidelines for appointment of Supreme Court Justices.

B. There is a need to amend the Constitution at this Section to include that the appointees for Supreme Court Justices do not have a previous felony conviction.

Section 102. Proposed Amndrnent: The Election Board of the Muscogees (Creek) Nation shall sponsor an election calling for the adoption or rejection of the following Constitutional question:

"Shall Article VIl, Section 2 of the Constitution of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation be amended to read?"

Section 102. The Supreme Court shall be composed of six (6) members appointed by the Principal Chief, subject to majority approval by the Muscogee(Creek) National Council, and whose term shall be for six (6) years beginning July 1. No person shall be appointed as a Supreme Court Justice who has a felonyconviction in a court of competent jurisdiction.

Section 103. Authority:

The Principal Chief is hereby directed to authorize the Election Board to include this Constitutional amendmentnet question on the ballot of tht July 22, 1995 Special Election following passage of this bill.

ENACTED by the Muscogee (Creek) National Councl an this 24th day of June, I995.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the presiding officer of the National Council has hereto attached his signature.





_____________________________

Thomas Yahola, Speaker

Muscogee (Creek) National Council



CERTIFICATION


1, the undersigned, certify that the foregoing is a true extract from the minutes of the Muscogee (Creek) National Council comprised of thirty-six membas with thirty-three members attending this meeting on the 24th day of June, 1995, and that the above is in conformity with the provisions therein adopted by a vote of 24 in fvor, 7 against, 0 abstentions and that said Ordinance has not been inrescinede or amended in any way and the above is the signature of the Speaker of the National Council.





_____________________________

Becky L. Whitetree, Recording Secretary

Muscogee (Creek) National Council

APPROVAL




I, the Principal Chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, hereby affix my signature this 20th day of June, 1995, to the above Ordinance , (NCA 95-72), authorizing it to become an ordinance under Article VI., Section VI., of the Constitution of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.





_____________________________

Bill S. Fife

Principal Chief

Muscogee (Creek) Nation

1. Amended by NCA 91-18 by referrendum vote on December 7, 1991.

2. Amended by NCA 91-19 by referendum vote on December 7, 1991.

3. Amended by NCA 91-22 by referendum vote on December 7, 1991.


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